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  •  Have you seen SPAUN? (1+ / 0-)
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    The creators were on reddit the other day doing an AMA about it, which is the world's largest functional brain model. Pretty dang cool but scary implications at the same time.

    Tangent: your comment about the military looking at building a computer brain also brought to mind a TEDTalk where a researcher explained (long story shortened for this comment) she was able to shoot a magnetic pulse at specific portion of the brain and change the way people viewed a moral question. After the talk was over she was questioned about whether she was talking to the the military about this research. She said the Pentagon was calling, but she wasn't answering.

    "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal..."-7.75, -5.54

    by solesse413 on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 04:53:00 PM PST

    •  It'd be tough to weaponize TMS (0+ / 0-)

      TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) would be pretty non-trivial to weaponize. Firstly, you'd have to use it on your own people to try to make them more risk prone, which could shoot you in the foot pretty easily. Secondly, I recall being told by someone who did it that it's at least somewhat painful. I imagine that your soldiers will be less effective if they have headaches. I would think giving them pills would be easier. The pills would probably wear off more slowly.

      Research science: a series of failures sporadically punctuated by success

      by dpryan on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 04:04:00 PM PST

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      •  I wasnt thinking about weaponizing (0+ / 0-)

        but rather the part about having the capability to change someone's moral judgement.

        "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal..."-7.75, -5.54

        by solesse413 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 05:42:36 PM PST

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